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Upside Down (I) (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  1 May 2013 (France)
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Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Rose ...
Mr. Hunt
Holly O'Brien ...
Elliott Larson ...
Maurane Arcand ...
Janine Theriault ...
Miss Maguire
Vincent Messina ...
Cole K. Mickenzie ...
Paul Ahmarani ...
Mr. Tenet


Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he loved once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach... a girl named Eden. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grownup Eden on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back... Not even the law or science! Written by Onyx Films

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Two worlds. One future. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Al revés  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,722 (USA) (15 March 2013)


$102,118 (USA) (5 April 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Juan Solanas:  the director appears as a Down Below employee pushing a shopping cart through the bottom half of the Transworld office. See more »


When Adam and Eden try to escape from the police for the second time, near the end of the movie, Adam is holding Eden on his shoulders jumping through the big blocks of stone. When a man fires and hits the wire that holds the stone where they're standing, they fall down and Eden grabs the chain with one hand, and Alan with the other one. Then she is forced to let Adam fall down, but doing it, the gravity of her planet should attract her and cause her to fall in the opposite direction of Adam. You can obviously notice that this doesn't happen: Adam falls and Eden is still holding herself to the chain to avoid falling down in the same direction of Adam. See more »


[first lines]
Adam: The universe, so full of wonders. I could spend hours and hours looking up at the sky. So many stars, so many mysteries. And there's one very special star that makes me think of one very special person. Now let me tell you my story.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears in its stylized state at the beginning: "UPSIDE NWOD" See more »


References The Man Without a Head (2003) See more »


Written by Kjartan Sveinsson /Jon Thor Birgisson / Georg Holm / Agust Aevar Gunnarsson
Performed by Sigur Rós
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User Reviews

A visually stunning film with an intellectually stimulating plot
26 December 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is a love story set in a world where there are two worlds separated by different gravities.

On the surface, "Upside Down" is about a man from down below falling in love with a woman from the world above. In reality, the message is so profound, as it describes class and societal segregation. It shows how the less privileged (the world below) are separated from the privileged (the world above), and the upward social movement is impossible. People from one world pretend he is from another but in vain. People's hopes for a better life are shattered by societal limits. This difficult struggle is happening everyday in the world, where people in a country wants to move higher, or people wanting to move to another better off country in search for a better life. We don't normally think about this, but "Upside Down" brings such a problem to the foreground of the consciousness in a way that stimulates thoughts.

Visuals in "Upside Down" is stunning. From the sombre colour schemes down below, to the beautiful lights above; from the macabre buildings below to the majestic buildings above, every scene is beautifully crafted and presented in a surreal manner. Just the visuals alone make "Upside Down" worth watching. The soundtrack is excellent as well, it adds to the beauty of the scenes.

I enjoyed "Upside Down" a lot. I hope it will reach a wider audience.

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